My friend Teresa is the most skilled enabler of craftiness I have ever met. She has a wonderful knack of justifying all manner of yarn purchases and woolly activities. So when the boys and I had her over to dinner a couple of weeks ago I was not surprised (and entirely delighted) that she had brought crafty things for the boys to do. They took one look at the gorgeous white pumpkins she brought them and they knew they had to be a different color. Now, while I love to be crafty with the boys I rarely do it because of the mess and the decibel level to which my voice rises… But this was FUN!
More paint please!!!
We have also had tons of fun with the Halloween stickers and Eoin and I took ownership of the really cool stained glass painting crafts – a Frankenstein, a vampire, and a pirate, ARR!
This summer in Boston has been hot hot hot. What to do when there is a drought and never any clouds? Make sun pictures of course!
Lay down your special photo paper, then your items (a snake skin and a Big Papi gold chain), then plexiglass
Give them a bath in water with a squirt of lemon
Next step: Put them in a large book to get flat then forget which one they’re in and be unable to show the blog…
Success! My craftiness has been passed on! SO proud!
I raided the basement for craft supplies so the boys could get their bikes kitted up for a Patriotic Parade on the Town Common
Conor worked on his own flag
Eoin used his brain to insert the flags inside the pipe cleaners
Ready to go
Papa was away again last week, and we were invited to a Memorial Day weekend cookout. I wanted to bring a hostess gift, and a pie, so I stole some time during Eamon’s preferred method of “micro-napping”. It felt good.
Chopping chocolate, with just-etched-with-Armour-Etch Cowboys and Patriots glasses in the background.
I decided I would try a S’mores Pie I saw in my Martha Stewart Living magazine. I didn’t get a photo of the finished product, but it was tasty!
This is what “puffed and toasted” looks like
About two years ago I painted a step stool and decoupaged the boys footprints on it. It was time for an update…
Man is it hard to get a baby’s footprints!
Unfortunately I smeared the white paint while trying to smooth out an air bubble during the initial decoupage… I should have let it dry a lot longer! It’s still very cute though of course, and I think the added dirt over time will mask it…
The boys were sad to take down our Halloween gel window clings this season, so I tried to find some nice Thanksgiving ones but was unsuccessful (I was being picky). Then I saw a Pinterest link to making your own window clings. Yay! This was a perfect opportunity to keep up Eoin’s interest in science and messy things.
I love science!
Once we had the solution, Eoin started mixing the colors.
The solution solidified at an angle, so some of it was too thick and did not work out. Next time I will also reduce the water amount by about half a cup, and I will oil the tray first so the shapes are easier to extract. While it was a bit of a failure, we learned a lot and will definitely do it again.
Plus leftover gelatin is really fun to squish and play with!
A squishy solid
We kicked off a week of Halloween celebrations with the school Halloween party. Eoin missed it because of his tummy but Conor got in the spirit of things. I manned the craft table and helped the kids make really cute lollipops.
Now imagine this ten minutes later with 100 more kids…
Saturday morning cartoons
Conor had hockey for the first part of the town’s trick or treat event, so Eoin and I checked it out first, with Conor and Papa joining later.
Superman in the old burying ground
Superman at the TV station
Farmor came for some meetings for a couple of days. Snuggles and games alert!
I entrusted some Ball-jar-lid pumpkins to her to bring back for David to thank him for his Pumpkin Package. I had seen the idea on Pinterest but I didn’t have orange spray paint, so they had copious layers of paint, and weren’t really the effect I was looking for. I will do something better next year! (I think my friend Teresa’s photo card hopefully made up for it though!!!)
Next up it was high time we carved the pumpkin, so since we were letting the boys stay up a little later to watch the Patriots we added in some extra difficulty with sharp tools and fire…
A team effort
The next day was one day away from Halloween… I decided spur of the moment, since I had gone out and gotten Eoin a costume that he had FINALLY settled on, that I would make a Diamond Armor Steve (from Minecraft) costume for Conor with some leftover fleece I had. It is very rudimentary but he loves it and frankly it just made me very happy to make something personal for him. He was going to be Batman like last year, then Karen gave him N’s Captain Rex costume which he loved wearing to the school party, but then he got all wishy-washy when Eoin got a new costume… The man didn’t have a clue what he wanted, but I sure did…
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!!!
Our neighbor Georgie was painting pumpkins a few weeks ago. The boys really wanted to try it too.
As room mom for Conor’s classroom this year I needed to figure out an end-of-year gift for his teacher. I was having no luck at all and wanted to find something personal, so I cobbled together a few ideas, some from Pinterest, and one thing I had just really wanted to try, and got something really individual in the end.
I made a little book and got each child in the class to draw a picture of what they thought their teacher’s favorite flower looked like. They were adorable. Then I etched those onto a vase using adhesive stencil film and Armour Etch.
Once I had gathered all the flowers and gotten the vase ready, I went to the florists and asked for each individual flower. It turned out really nice and I think the teacher really liked it. The children also really loved the idea and were so proud to see their flowers in real life.
A red rose, two purple flowers, two pink flowers and a green flower